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Getting Through the Holidays with Chronic Illness

December 22, 2017

While the holiday season is one meant to be joyful and full of cheer, it may be a bit more stressful if you’re dealing with a chronic illness. You may be worried about participating or attending certain festivities, or choose to isolate yourself purposely when the holidays roll around, which ends up being not so fun for you, your family and your friends.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help you get through this stressful season.

Prepare in advance

Stores begin releasing Christmas decorations and gift-ideas way in advance. When you see it, snag it! Don’t push the task of getting decorations back, grab these things while you can so you don’t have to worry about crowds and the last-minute holiday rush.

Schedule, schedule, schedule!

Plan where you will be for the holidays way in advance so you know what you have to prepare yourself for ahead of time. If you’re doing the cooking and holiday planning, make sure you schedule when you will do your shopping and when you will be doing all of your meal prepping. Most importantly, make sure to give yourself generous gaps of time for relaxation purposes!

Keep it simple.

Don’t even worry about decking the halls this year—no one will be mad if you didn’t get a chance to put up a few decorations here and there! Make a few of your family’s favorite dishes or even set up catering to make your time less stressful. As for gifts—we can thank online shopping for that. You can still give your loved ones the gifts they want without even having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Ask for help!

This time of year, it’s all about family and friends—remember they are always there to help you, no matter what! Whether you need someone else to host the holiday party or you need a helping hand setting up decorations or glazing that Christmas ham, don’t be afraid to ask for some assistance.